Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

Philip D. Tietz
Visitation: At THE CHURCH - Tuesday, November 1 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm and Wednesday, November 2, prior to the service from 10 - 11 am at Woodview Christian Church, 3785 Woodview Ave. SW, Wyoming
Celebration of Life Service: 11 am Wednesday, November 2, at Woodview Christian Church, 3785 Woodview SW, Wyoming

Cemetery: Ft. Custer National Cemetery
Memorials:  Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 2950 Monroe NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Philip D. Tietz, age 80, of Dutton, went home to be with God on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Phil proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was an amazing, hard-working, dedicated man of faith who would do anything for anyone and loved his family with a huge and abiding love. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Wilford and Janet Tietz; aunt, Marion Dowling; and cousin, Gene Dowling. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Karen; children, Kim (Tom) Edwards, Mike Tietz, Kelly (Scott) Van Eerden; grandchildren, Jessica (Riley) Smith, Katherine Edwards (Paulo Quiros), Jaquez Edwards, Julia Tietz, Anna Beach, Megan Van Eerden, Cody Van Eerden; great-grandchildren, Jordyn Smith, Christopher Smith; and sister-in-law, Nancy Stanley. As Phil requested, cremation has taken place. The family will greet visitors at Woodview Christian Church, 3785 Woodview Ave. SW, Wyoming, on Tuesday, November 1, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm and Wednesday from 10 - 11 am prior to the celebration of life service beginning at 11 am. Pastor Chris Pannell will officiate. Interment of cremains will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Contributions in memory of Phil may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

1095 68TH ST SE
# Stacy Vance 2022-11-03 14:59
Phil was simply an amazing human being. Kind, compassionate and so very funny, he loved his family and his community fiercely. Working with him was a joy and learning from him was an honor. I will miss him dearly.
# Bethany Patterson 2022-11-01 19:26
Phil was always so welcoming and kind whenever I saw him at Chamber of Commerce events. His smile that reached his eyes, genuine interest in whomever he was speaking to, faith, and passion for our community are just a few of his attributes that I will always remember. I’m grateful to have known him, even if just for two years… he sure made a positive impact! Wishing comfort and peace to his family and friends- God Bless.
# Denise Behm 2022-11-01 18:56
I am so very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I have known Phil for several years in the chamber world. He was such a hard worker and always made sure everything was set for any event he was involved on. His work ethic was incredible. I truly enjoyed working with Phil on anything chamber related. He will surely be missed. The memories of Phil will always be cherished.
Denise Behm
Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce
# Matthew Van Dore 2022-11-01 17:13
All of us here at Matrix Printing are saddened to hear the news of Phil's passing. It feels like he was just here working on some event. I've known Phil since his days at the Cutlerville Chamber and have worked closely with him on numerous projects. We will miss his almost daily visits or phone calls and I will be forever grateful for the referrals and support he gave my business throughout the years. God speed Phil, you will be sourly missed.
# Don Freehafer, PT 2022-11-01 16:36
Phil has been a tremendous blessing to our Byron Center Chamber. His enthusiasm and gentle spirit will truly be missed. Although we mourn his loss, heaven is celebrating the addition of a true man of God! My heartfelt condolences and prayers for Phil's family and friends.
# Toni Bredeweg 2022-11-01 15:43
I worked with Phil over the years while he worked tirelessly for the Byron Center Chamber. He loved community, and he loved making sure the events we put on were successful! He was always so thankful to all that helped and served along side him. His wit was unmatched and he always made people smile. He will be missed by me and the community! Prayers of peace to his family as he leaves this earthly realm to his heavenly home where is now healed!
# Jason Kitchen 2022-11-01 15:12
I will miss Phil's patient and kind demeanor. Phil's consistent and thoughtful leadership will be missed by our Byron Center community and members of our local and regional Chambers. Blessings and comfort to Phil's family during this difficult time.
# Cutlerville Eyecare 2022-11-01 15:05
It has been our honor and pleasure to work alongside Phil through his years at the Chamber. His strong work ethic and deep commitment to our community will be missed by all of us. We are thinking of you at this time and pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
# Sara Bower 2022-10-31 14:25
What a dear, kind, clever and industrious soul. Phil was such a blessing to the Byron Center community; his presence and leadership in our Chamber will always be celebrated. Always a joy to work with. Sending love and comfort to his family as you all celebrate a life well-lived and mourn his passing. God bless Phil and the whole Tietz family.
# Steve Port 2022-10-31 14:09
Words came hard for me at this time. I served alongside Phil at church for several years. Not sure I've ever met a man that worked as hard for the Lord as Phil. He was a friend, a mentor, a model, and a compassionate leader. I shall always remember Phil and strive to be even one tenth the servant of God as he. Rest in peace my friend.
# Wealthy Staff 2022-10-31 12:38
Mike and Family,
So sorry for your loss. All of us at Wealthy are thinking of you and praying for peace and healing for you and your family. God Bless!
# Bill and Jan 2022-10-30 23:49
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Phil was a wonderful man and was deeply loved. He will be greatly missed.
Prayers and hugs for the whole family, we love you all.
Bill and Jan Van Eerden
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